Camera-equipped Apple TV box in the works — report

From Mark Gurman’s “Apple Working on Combined TV Box, Speaker to Revive Home Efforts” posted Monday on Bloomberg News:

Apple Inc. has been a laggard in the smart-home space, but a versatile new device in early development could change that.

The company is working on a product that would combine an Apple TV set-top box with a HomePod speaker and include a camera for video conferencing through a connected TV and other smart-home functions, according to people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified discussing internal matters.

The device’s other capabilities would include standard Apple TV box functions like watching video and gaming plus smart speaker uses such as playing music and using Apple’s Siri digital assistant. If launched, it would represent Apple’s most ambitious smart-home hardware offering to date.

My take: My Jurassic-era Apple set-top box is the center of the family entertainment system, but at this point it must evolve or go extinct.

5 Comments

  1. Romeo A Esparrago Jr said:
    Wow, if it includes UWB, Thread, and that ambient temp/humidity sensor (like the HomePod Mini) AND a camera for supporting anything that ends with AR, it almost sounds too good to be true.

    And, dare I dream, was it an HomePod speaker or an HomePod Mini speaker to be part of it???

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  2. Kirk DeBernardi said:
    Sorry, but this sounds like a hobbled odd duck to me.

    Any camera purposed for video communication is best left to devices that are mobile. We’re already there with this when it comes to video interaction.

    Cementing any video communication experience with the streaming box commanding the main entertainment screen in your home is hardly the best way to go. At best, a straightjacked and limited grandparent/grandkids novelty.

    …and someone explain to me how AR gets implemented usefully on this conglomeration?

    Seems Facebook has already tried this trick with a smaller device that went nowhere.

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  3. Kirk DeBernardi said:
    Better yet would have been to take the original HomePod, add Thread, the H1 chip and Apple TV, augmented with a potential second “slave” HomePod.

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  4. Steven Philips said:
    And a portable wireless mini camera?

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    April 12, 2021

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